If You Like Merlot & Shiraz…

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If You Like Merlot & Shiraz…

For most people, Merlot is an obvious choice; soft, easy drinking, plummy fruit, great value. Shiraz is another house wine staple, and on paper, strangely similar to Merlot. Both have fruity undertones and are easy drinking – hence their mass appeal. But if you want to impress your friends, you might want to bring a different grape variety to the party. How about a Malbec wine? It has a lot of the same characteristics as Merlot – fruity and easy to find, and equally easy to drink, but is often a bit more full-bodied and spicy. Our Cahors is a wonderful example. And if you want to mix it up, move away from your regular Aussie Shiraz, but don’t want anything too different, a French or South African Syrah would be the ideal way to go.

So, you like red wine, but when it comes down to choosing a grape variety, that’s sometimes harder to pin down. For those who want to explore the world of wine, Rude Wines is here to help. In this case, we've included a great example of your old favourite Merlot but have also put in some alternatives to try, all made from the Malbec and Shiraz (or Syrah) grape. We think you'll enjoy comparing them.
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Château Vincens Cuvée Prestige 2015, Cahors

2 review(s)

Top 30 Best-Selling Red Wine



There's quite a New World modernity to this Malbec with its chocolate and ripe tannins, but they're in decent balance and there's a plush warming black fruit to finish.'

The Wine Gang

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Percentage Alcohol

13.5

Region

Cahors

Grape Variety

ArrayMalbec, Merlot

Country

France

Style

ArrayMedium-Bodied Red, Oaked Red

Vintage

2015

Food Match

ArrayCheese (Strong), Game Meats, Vegetarian

Vegan

Vegan

The Producer

In the Cahors region in the south-west of France, Château Vincens lies off the beaten track, close to Luzech, where the Vincens family has built up its holdings of vines to the 33ha cultivated today. Philippe Vincens now runs the property with his sister lsabelle, though their Father Michel still keeps a very close eye on the vine

Game Sausage Rolls

Who needs a plain old sausage roll when you can have a game sausage roll? The ultimate buffet nibble, these will go nicely with a medium-full bodied red from Cahors with rich, dark fruit flavours to pair with the gamey notes. Full recipe

Raconteur Syrah 2015, Swartland

1 review(s)

This is a superb wine, nice smooth taste which goes down very well. Highly recommended. Kevin

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Percentage Alcohol

13.5

Region

Swartland

Grape Variety

Syrah / Shiraz

Country

South Africa

Style

ArrayLight-Bodied Red, Unoaked Red

Vintage

2015

Food Match

ArrayDuck, Lamb, Pork

The Producer

Every region, every grape, every winemaker and every vintage has a story to tell. The Raconteur brings the originality, individuality and personality of the wine to the fore and uses it as a means to engage the consumer and enliven the brand.

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Duck Breast with Wild Mushrooms & Cream

The rich, fatty flavours of duck, combined with creamy mushrooms call for a soft, smooth red with fresh fruit flavours. Head to light or medium-bodied reds like the Raconteur Syrah. Full recipe

Baron de Badassière Syrah 2017, Côtes de Thau, France

0 review(s)

‘A lick of spice initially to the black cherry fruit and integrated wood notes...You can almost see the wine lying on a sun lounger and taking in the rays, and starting its day with a Gitane and a café noir.’



Neil Cammies, Western Mail

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Percentage Alcohol

13.0

Region

Languedoc

Grape Variety

Syrah / Shiraz

Country

France

Style

ArrayMedium-Bodied Red, Oaked Red

Vintage

2017

Food Match

ArrayLamb, Sausages, Tomato-Based Dishes

Vegan

Vegan

The Producer

The Cave de Pomerols co-operative is situated in the village of Pomerols in the Picpoul de Pinet area of the Languedoc, inland from the town of Sete. Founded in 1932, it now has 350 winegrowing members spread over 1750 hectares in the centre of the Languedoc region, of which 400 are classified as AC Picpoul de Pinet.
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Roast Lamb with Herb Butter

A simple roast lamb is a classic match for Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Tempranillo. Try the Baron de Badassière Syrah, it's a delight. Full recipe

Klippenkop Syrah 2018, Robertson

0 review(s)

Flavours of spice, mulberry and vanilla mingle to make a true South African star.

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Percentage Alcohol

14.0

Region

Robertson

Grape Variety

Syrah / Shiraz

Country

South Africa

Style

Full-Bodied Red

Vintage

2018

Food Match

ArrayBeef, Game Meats, Lentils & Pulses

The Producer

Klippenkop takes its name from the Afrikaans words for rocky outcrop or hillock. Indeed this is a good description of some of the terrain in the Robertson region where the 35 family-run vineyards that produce this wine are found. The Klippenkop company was first established in 1941 and the vineyards of its growers now cover an area of 1900 hectares. The wide variety of terrain allows for perfect siting of each grape variety to get the very best from each cultivar. The vines for this wine are aged between 7 and 9 years old resulting in high quality fruit.
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Bobotie

Bobotie is a traditional South African recipe of spiced minced meat and fruit baked with an egg based topping. The brambly fruit, spice and vanilla of a South African Syrah are a match made in heaven. Full recipe

16 Stops Shiraz 2015, McLaren Vale

0 review(s)

Spice up your life with this warming, juicy Shiraz beaut.

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Percentage Alcohol

14.0

Region

McLaren Vale

Grape Variety

Syrah / Shiraz

Country

Australia

Style

ArrayMedium-Bodied Red, Oaked Red

Vintage

2015

Food Match

ArrayBeef, Duck, Tomato Based Pasta

Vegetarian

Vegetarian

The Producer

The 16 Stops wines are made at the Willunga 100 winery under the watchful eye of consultant winemaker Tim James, with much of the fruit sourced from the same vineyards. The wines blend the fruit from the McLaren Vale with that of the Adelaide Hills to combine the best of both areas, with riper flavours from the McLaren Vale, and fresh, mineral notes from the Adelaide Hills.
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Slow Cooker Beef Brisket

A super-simple one pot recipe using a flavoursome cut of brisket. Try with a fruity, medium-bodied red like the 16 Stops Shiraz to contrast nicely with the meaty, savoury sauce. Full recipe
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Good all-rounder

A smooth oaky red that is well balanced. Worth a pop!

By Douglas on 23rd April 2019

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another goodie

3rd bottled tried ...another nice wine

By steve on 05th October 2018

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Superbly smooth

This is a superb wine, nice smooth taste which goes down very well. Highly recommended.

By Kevin on 30th July 2017

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